Admissions Policy

Lichfield Cathedral School is a coeducational day school for pupils aged 3– 18 years. Its mission is to provide a high quality education founded in Christian values. We welcome pupils of all faiths and none and we seek to conduct all admissions in a fair and non-discriminatory way so that prospective pupils are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origins, or on the grounds of any form of special educational need or disability.

It is important that prospective parents acquaint themselves with, and be supportive of, the school’s Christian ethos, and its policies and procedures, particularly those that expand further on the school’s purpose. 

Admissions Procedure

The main admissions ages to the School are as follows:

  • Pre-School and Reception Years – ages 3 to 5
  • Year 7 (start of secondary education) – aged 11
  • Sixth Form (Years 12-13) – aged 16

Pupils may be admitted to other year groups, if places are available.  Parents may register their son/daughter at any time during the academic year but it is common to register for entry at the beginning of a school term.  Pupils may be, and frequently are, admitted at other stages, but particular care is taken to ensure that such admissions give the pupil a good opportunity to settle and to progress adequately towards the next targets.

For children who join the school in the Pre-School, there is a requirement to attend at least five sessions each week.  This provides the opportunity for a structured and stable environment on which to build a solid foundation.  As children gain in confidence, further sessions may be taken up.  Attendance on a full-time basis will be dependent on the child’s readiness, agreed between the staff and parents.  Parents should note that the school is now a part of the Early Years Entitlement funding scheme.

Entry requirements

Admission is by assessment, interview and school report.  Although Lichfield Cathedral School is not academically selective, academic assessments are completed (usually during taster days) to ensure that:

  • the Head Teacher considers the school capable of supporting the applicant so that he/she will thrive in this environment; and
  • the School is able to provide the specific support required a pupil with special educational needs.

From Pre-School to Year 4, admission follows a meeting with the parents/guardians and a member of the leadership team.  Pupils will be invited to attend a taster day/session (dependent on age) in school and an informal assessment will be made at this time.

From Year 5 onwards, children are tested to ascertain their cognitive potential ability using a variety of appropriate tests to enable the school to have the appropriate data to ensure the educational provision meets the need of the child. Entry to Sixth Form is dependent on school reports and examination results. The School expects that students joining at Sixth Form level will have attained five or more GCSEs at grade C or above. In addition, some A Level subjects require the achievement of specific grades at GCSE level. Detailed information can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus.  Experience has shown that this level of prior attainment indicates a student who is able to cope with the demands of the Sixth Form curriculum. However, each case will be considered on its own merits.

If all places are filled, a place is offered on the waiting list.  When a place becomes available, priority is given to parents on the waiting list who already have a child in the School; otherwise, places are offered in the chronological order of application.

Entrance Examinations & Scholarships

Each year a limited number of scholarships are awarded to pupils who are capable of extremely high levels of achievement and who will make a significant contribution to the life of the School. Scholarships are available for academic, music, art, drama and sporting excellence up to 10% of tuition fees. It is possible to hold more than one scholarship, but the total remission of tuition fees will not exceed 20%. Normally scholarships apply to pupils at 11+ (for entry into Year 7), 13+ (for entry into Year 9) and 16+ (for entry into the Sixth Form).

For more information, please go to the Scholarships section.                                                                 

Please refer to the Admissions Policy for more information.

Lichfield Cathedral School by Numbers

113 Statues above main entrance to Lichfield Cathedral
16 miles North of Birmingham
19 AS Level subjects
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